Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Driftwood Creek School Located Near Smithers British Columbia


Above Photo: Driftwood Creek School.

My wife and I took a drive to the Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park and along the way we passed a old farm building which looked like it might fall over at anytime, and an old school. It is named the Driftwood Creek School. 

This building is also located in the B.C. Archives Collection Search, 
and it can be found at this web address.

Item I-31755 - Driftwood Creek School near Smithers.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Lets Explore Houston - Houston British Columbia (Canfor Barbeque - Photos/Video)


Above Photo: A flower garden, and the flowers arranged in order to 
spell out the towns name, which is Houston.

To view all of the photos and video clip, please visit the link below:

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer/Winter Bulkley River Telkwa British Columbia (Pictures/Videos)


 Above Picture: Telkwa's beautiful Gazebo which sits along side the Bulkley River and seen when driving through Telkwa along side Highway 16.

I took the photos/videos in the Winter and recently Summer at Telkwa, British Columbia, Houston’s neighbor. I thought it might be nice to show how the river looks in both season's. 

To view the photos and videos, please visit my Travel British Columbia with Brian Vike Blog.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fishing Guides And Charters From Around British Columbia


Above Photo: Sunset Over Kamloops Lake, in Kamloops British Columbia. The lakes around the Kamloops area have been known for its great fishing. Large Kamloops trout up to 10 pounds plus on a fly rod, most would say is heaven.

Kamloops Area Lakes.

Over the winter months I will be adding a lot of other fishing guides and charters to the list.

Below I have compiled a list of fishing guides and charters from around British Columbia.

There are charters for Salmon, Steelhead, Halibut and Trout fishing. 

Here in B.C. we have some of the best fishing available to everyone who enjoy the outdoors. There is nothing better than to wet a line in the fresh air on a river, lake or the ocean. 

So many of us pack up the RV, tents, or head to a cabin or resort to get away from the everyday rush in hopes of catching the large fish that got away. 

There are 1,000 of cold water lakes and rivers that hold that prize of a Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Lake Trout (Char), Whitefish, Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Coastal Cutthroat Trout.

There are other species of fish, such as the Dolly Varden, Kokanee, Walleye, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Arctic Grayling and White Sturgeon.

Some huge White Sturgeon are being caught on the Fraser River, a really nice place to stay, is at the Fraser River Lodge which has everything you would need to catch and land that whopper of a White Sturgeon.

To view the list of fishing guides and fishing charters, please visit the link below: http://britishcolumbiavike.blogspot.ca/2015/08/fishing-guides-and-charters-from-around.html


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Radio Stations From Across British Columbia



I have them listed in alphabetical order, starting with the name of the town, city, etc. 

Hopefully you will find the music to make your driving just a little bit easier.

You can find the list of stations on my Travel British Columbia with Brian Vike blog at this web address: http://britishcolumbiavike.blogspot.ca/2015/08/radio-stations-from-across-british.html

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Lonely Sunflower Awaits The Oncoming Storm Houston British Columbia (Photo/Video)


Above Photo: Sunflower stands ready for battle with a 
shrinking blue sky and storm clouds rolling in.

With a storm moving in fast, my wife spotted a lonely Sunflower standing in the
field behind our home.

It looked awesome, but with major storm clouds building fast, and the wind starting to howl, the  Sunflower looked really fragile and I wondered if it would make it.

With thunder starting to roll across the sky, I decided I had to have a picture, so I ran back into our home, change my shoes, grabbed my cell and iPad mini and charged back outside and into the field.

With the wind blowing like crazy, it was hard to capture the Sunflower, but I did and I am glad I decided to take the lonely Sunflower’s picture.

I took a short video of the Sunflower, you can view it on YouTube at.

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Burns Lake British Columbia (Photos)


Above Photo: The Burns Lake tourist Information Centre and Museum. 

The Visitor Information Centre looked great, it was tidy and spotless. The grounds were beautiful, lawns cut and scattered around the property were pieces of old farming equipment, a rock crusher and old, old wagon. 

Also beautiful flowers were seen around the property, and throughout the town. Inside the centre you were met by warm and friendly staff, who wanted to share what Burns Lake has to offer. 

The residents of Burns Lake are certainly proud of their home town, as it shows.

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To view more pictures and information about Burns Lake, please visit:

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Travel British Columbia With Brian Vike


Above Photo: I took this photo from a moving Greyhound bus after visiting my Dad in Langley, B.C. I saw the lake somewhere in-between Clinton and 100 Mile House, British Columbia in 2015.

Brian Vike will be traveling around this great province of British Columbia, checking out the sights, accommodations, food, charters, camping areas, etc., and bringing you my thoughts on the places I have visited. 

My reviews and comments will be posted onto my Travel British Columbia with Brian Vike blog, so check back often.

I started my travel blog in mid July 2015, and I have lots to add, plus with winter not being all that far off, it will give me lots to do for the 5 months of cool weather we have in northern British Columbia. 

In 2016 when Spring finally arrives, we will hit the road bringing you some amazing photos and interviews with people from around British Columbia.

If you have anything about British Columbia you think people might like, please contact me at b_vike@telus.net

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Red Wolf Inn


Every year we celebrate Canada’s Birthday on July 1, in Houston, British Columbia. This year (2015) it was Canada’s 148th Birthday and I went to the Jamie Baxter Park where I could watch, and film the celebrations. 

I wandered around chatting with folks who were attending, and taking pictures of each of the events. 

I came across some folks who who were having a lot of fun, and battling it out in full dress from the Medieval period. One fellow by the name of Troy Reitsma looked awesome and was having sword fights on the lawn with the kids and adults. It was so much fun to watch.


Above Photo: Troy Reitsma dressed to the hilt in medieval period outfits having sword fights on the lawn with the little girls, mom, they battle it out. This was on Canada’s 148th Birthday Jamie Baxter Park.

What I did not know was, there is a place between Houston and Smithers British Columbia called The Red Wolf Inn. The proprietors of the Inn are his Lordship Wlfryd of Leedes and her Ladyship Rhiannon of Shrewsbury.


Above Photo: Proprietors of the Inn are his Lordship Wlfryd of Leedes and her Ladyship Rhiannon of Shrewsbury.

If you want to travel back in time, into the medieval period where there are Kings and Princesses, then I highly recommend you paying a visit to the Red Wolf Inn. If you are wanting to spend some time at the Inn, you should make reservations for your stay. You can email Wlfryd and Rhiannon at reservations@redwolfinn.ca


Photo Above: Some of the past patrons.

To make reservations by way of phone. Call toll free to speak to Wlfryd and Rhiannon at: 
1-888-WOLF INN - 1-888-9653 466

The Red Wolf Inn's website is at: http://www.redwolfinn.ca/Site/Welcome.html

The Red Wolf Inn has been in operation for sixteen years. It was established upon the Fields of Gold Educational Centre, a medieval village, representing time periods from the Celtic of 450CE to a 1550CE Venetian Palazzo. 


Above Photo: A few other past patrons to the Red Wolf Inn.

The Inn is built to resemble a Tudor style building. It accommodates up to 22 patrons with room and board, as a Bed and Breakfast.

This is a Medieval Inn - there is no electricity, toilets are pit toilets located up or down High Street from the Inn, heat is provided from the wood cook stove or the heater in the Saracen Room.


Above Photo: A few other past patrons to the Red Wolf Inn.

The Red Wolf Inn is located at Km 385 on Highway 16 West, midway between Houston and Smithers, BC, Canada.

Below are the rooms that you would be visiting/staying at the Red Wolf Inn. But make sure you visit their website as it has more information about the goings on there. Red Wolf Inn.

1. - Welcome.

2. - Floor Plan

3. - Floor Plan Second Floor. 

4. - The Proprietors.

5. - The Great Hall.

6. - The Welsh Room. 

7. - The Cornish Room. 

8. - The Irish Room. 

9. - The Scottish Room.

10. - The Saracen Room. 

11. - The Norse House. 

12. - The Royal Suite. 

13. - The Grand Porch. 

14. - The Garden. 

15. - Shrew's Alley. 

16. - Reservations.

17. - Guest Reviews. 

18. - Past Patrons.

If you have a picture or story you would like to share on this page from around Houston, please contact me at b_vike@telus.net

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Houston British Columbia


Planning a vacation, passing through or maybe thinking about moving here. Check out my new Travel Houston British Columbia Blog.

I have been adding businesses daily as well as photos from Houston and surrounding areas/neighbors.

With this new blog, I am trying to attract travelers, or someone who maybe thinking off laying down routes in Houston.

If you have a business here in Houston, or our surrounding neighbors, then please do write as I would love to add you to the blog.

This is free for the businesses. I am not profiting on this in anyway, I just wanted to help my home town just a little.

Houston British Columbia Travel Blog.
http://houston-british-columbia-canada.blogspot.ca/

Before I forget, if you have some photos of the areas and care to share them for the blog, please do write Brian Vike, b_vike@telus.net

Thank you.
Brian.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Welcome To Houston British Columbia Travel Blog Spot

Above Photo: Brian Vike.


Since I have a lot of time on the hands, I decided to make up a blog on what Houston, British Columbia has to offer for tourists.

What I’m doing is to add the businesses to the blog, such as motels, hotels, Inn’s, etc. Also I have added a section on how to get to Houston, such by way of Greyhound, VIA Rail, Highway 16 and by Air Canada through Smithers, B.C.

Also I have been adding restaurants, fast food and grocery stores.

Another section on things to do while in Houston.

Another area I have added is for folks looking to get out of the big city and wanting to find a home in smaller towns. I have added a list of schools, I will be adding a section for the churches we have, etc..

A section on medical services.

I am adding photos that I have taken, and others are sending in their pictures from around Houston and other areas close by, so everyone visiting the blog will get a great idea what we have here.. 

So to locate my new project: Welcome To Houston British Columbia. 

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you do drop by the blog.

Brian Vike.

My Daughter Tami: A Great Place To Raise Your Family In Houston British Columbia.


Below two pictures: People travel from all around the world to take in some of the best Steelhead fishing there is to have. 

You can contact guides who know the rivers and can take you to the best fishing holes. 



Below Photos: As you will see, I took photos of the bridge in the Steelhead Park, in Winter and Spring. Just love the two pictures.



Welcome To The Houston B.C. Leisure Facility - Swimming/Workout Room.

The leisure facility is one of Houston’s gems, the facility is for everyone, young and old. So when you are traveling through our area, please take advantage of what we have to offer.

Video Below:  Welcome To The Houston, British Columbia Leisure Facility.
Pool/Lazy River/Sauna/Hot-Tub/Swimming/Workout Room.

For the entire family, jump in the pool and have a great swim, or take it easy in the lazy river. You can also lay back in the hot-tub, and sauna. Also a well equipped Fitness Gym.





The clip can be found on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/ONsO0AMTfP8

Photo Below: This last picture I took between Cache Creek and 100 Mile House from a moving Greyhound bus. I thought you all might enjoy checking it out.


If you have a picture or story you would like to share on this page from around Houston, please contact me at b_vike@telus.net

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Translucent Boomerang Shaped Craft/UFO Spotted In The Sky Over Bendigo Victoria Australia (Graphics)


Peter and Marg. This report written for Brian Vike (b_vike@telus.net) on Wednesday 6th May 2015.

Date:  May 5, 2015
Time:  9:20 p.m.

Witnessed by: Two only – Peter and Marg.
Location: (residential suburb of) Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. Outside in the open yard of our home.

Description of object: Translucent boomerang shaped object.
Direction: The object followed a constant direction of approximately NW to NNW at a constant slow speed.

Weather conditions: Calm, windless, still, cloudless, no moon at that time, stars were bright against clear dark sky.

Temperature: Approximately 10°C to 15°C
Length of Sighting: Marg approximately 10 seconds, Peter approximately 15 seconds.

Sighting as reported by Peter:

It was a beautiful clear cool evening and Marg and I were outside in the yard talking. As we were chatting, I was looking up at the sky and happened to look directly at something moving over head. I said, "look at that!" To our amazement we saw some type of aircraft gliding silently overhead.

It was not far off being directly overhead and at low altitude. If I hold my arm fully stretched towards the sky with my first and fourth fingers pointed and spread as far apart as I can, that is how much sky the wing span of the craft covered from my perspective.


It was a brief sighting (10 to 15 seconds) with the craft disappearing behind trees that obscured our view. From our home (south eastern Bendigo) it headed towards the northern area of Bendigo.

I was able to see it for longer than Marg, about 15 seconds as I was able to move to where I could see it between the trees, that by then, were obscuring Marg's view.

The object was translucent. Stars could be seen through it yet it had visible form. It was not unlike seeing a translucent jelly fish in shallow sea water. Although the leading edge was  distinct, the trailing edge (or rear) was indistinct as though it was blurry. The shape was like a boomerang.

At the time it reminded me vaguely of the wings of a typical jet passenger aircraft, (Boeing or Airbus) but without the fuselage or tail section, yet our impression was that it looked whole and complete. The shape was very like, what I now as, the B2 Stealth Bomber.

It was a very quiet, calm evening outside our home that night and there was absolutely no sound that we could make out coming from the object as it went over, unlike that of any jet or propeller craft or helicopter, all of which we often hear and see in our location.

Although translucent, the object appeared dark, not lit by any kind of glow or lights. Upon reflection, I would estimate its altitude to be approximately 150 meters and had a wing span of approximately 50 meters.

I have found these figures difficult to estimate, but put together the above estimate based on such as elapsed time, apparent speed, apparent distances and approximated angles from when it passed over.

We were left feeling in awe, having been so privileged and fortunate to have seen something so unusual, serene and graceful. Neither of us felt any fear.


Before we got to discuss what we saw in any detail, I suggested we both pencil draw what we saw. They looked much the same other than our different methods of sketching. I have misplaced those drawings, but I'm sure that we can find them if ever required.

The next day, I felt compelled to tell someone about our amazing experience. I was unsure about who to tell and what to say. Considering that I run a small business and Marg is a registered nurse working at both local hospitals, the last thing we wanted was to be known as the local fruit cakes for having gone public with our story.

So at first, I gave an anonymous report to a local radio station, their story went to air. I guess I was expecting others to come forward too with their account of the seeing the same object, but I heard nothing.

As days turned into weeks, I felt a type of anxiety building up inside me, I think now because to me there was something unresolved about this. I made some inquiries about who I could or should contact. I tried phoning a military reporting number, was not taken seriously. I tried a UFO hot line number and got some jerk who was kidding me along and stringing out my call (as I out found out later) to make money by timed/tolled incoming phone calls from people wanting to chat or ones such as myself making UFO reports.

I was then feeling very angry! At a later time, I found a phone number of a UFO investigation organization, rang it, got a message service, left some brief information about my sighting and my contact details. They didn't ever return my call.

Several years later (in 2005) I happened to see a UFO magazine in a news agency, flicked through it and saw an article written by a UFO investigator by the name of George Simpson. There was a phone number for contacting George. I rang it, got a message service, but this time I left a surly voice message saying something like, "this is the last time I'm going to bother reporting our sighting!"


To my amazement, I got a return call from George! He was very interested in our story and arranged to do a trip to Bendigo soon after, to do a video interview with Marg and I. He later posted his written story about our encounter on a website.

The link to that story is: http://www.auforn.com/February_2005.html (Was there yesterday, but not there today! Not sure why?)

After having George Simpson follow up on my report, the sense of anxiety and anger left me and has not bothered me since.

So, to this day, it still remains a mystery as to what we saw. Was it man made? Was it from some another intelligent race? Or could there be a different  reason behind its origin?

We have no idea! Although 18 years have now passed, we still talk about the experience from time to time.

Cheers, Peter.

Thank you to Peter and his wife Marg for an excellent sighting report and great graphics as to what the craft/UFO looked like. Also I have passed this report along to Bill Puckett.

If anyone has had a United States UFO sighting, please send me an email at sighting@telus.net or to William (Bill) Puckett at wpuckett@ufosnw.com

Please remember to include the date and time and location. (Town/City – State or Province) and as much detail as possible.

Vike Factor Note: I do receive sighting reports from all over the world, and I post all of the reports I receive here: http://the-v-factor-paranormal.blogspot.com/

Brian Vike.
Box 1091
Houston, British Columbia, Canada.

Email: sighting@telus.net or b_vike@telus.net

The Vike Factor -  Houston, British Columbia Centre For UFO Research. Canadian UFO Investigator Brian Vike.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Approximately 7 Bright Large Orange Lights Over Ruislip/Harefield UK


Date: November 6, 2010
Time:  Evening.

My husband and I saw these lights. They were in formation and travelled across the sky and then upwards quickly and disappeared. We still talk about it and cannot find a reasonable explanation

Thank you to the eyewitness for their report.

If anyone has had a United States UFO sighting, please send me an email at sighting@telus.net or to William (Bill) Puckett at wpuckett@ufosnw.com

Please remember to include the date and time and location. (Town/City – State or Province) and as much detail as possible.

Vike Factor Note: I do receive sighting reports from all over the world, and I post all of the reports I receive here: http://the-v-factor-paranormal.blogspot.com/

Brian Vike.
Box 1091
Houston, British Columbia, Canada.

Email: sighting@telus.net or b_vike@telus.net

The Vike Factor -  Houston, British Columbia Centre For UFO Research. Canadian UFO Investigator Brian Vike.

Two Dots Of Light Spotted Flying Over Cancun Mexico


Date:  2008
Time:  Evening.

Hi, I came across your blog when I looked up 'Strange Lights over Cancun'. I'm not sure if you've ever come up with a theory, but back in 2008 I had a similar experience when I went out for a smoke on the balcony.

I watched 2 dots of light moving across the sky in a manner which would seem simply impossible to be a man made aircraft or birds. Pretty similar to how you described it as well.

My brother was with me and witnessed it as well, the next day he asked a few locals what it could've been and they said it was birds.

The light being reflected from there stomachs apparently, but the way these lights moved it seemed completely impossible. If your still interested in this topic

I'd be more than glad to discuss more with you about it.

Thank you to the eyewitness for their report.

If anyone has had a United States UFO sighting, please send me an email at sighting@telus.net or to William (Bill) Puckett at wpuckett@ufosnw.com

Please remember to include the date and time and location. (Town/City – State or Province) and as much detail as possible.

Vike Factor Note: I do receive sighting reports from all over the world, and I post all of the reports I receive here: http://the-v-factor-paranormal.blogspot.com/

Brian Vike.
Box 1091
Houston, British Columbia, Canada.

Email: sighting@telus.net or b_vike@telus.net

The Vike Factor -  Houston, British Columbia Centre For UFO Research. Canadian UFO Investigator Brian Vike.

Friday, May 1, 2015

2014 Canadian UFO Survey


News Release - May 1, 2015

Canadians still reporting high number of UFOs

2014 Canadian UFO Survey by study group Ufology Research shows UFO reports last year at third-highest level since 1989.

The 2014 Canadian UFO Survey has found that 2014 was another good year for UFO-watchers.

Data compiled by the private study group Ufology Research, based in Winnipeg, Canada, found that there were 1,021 UFO sightings reported nationwide last year.

This is slightly down from 2013, but still the third-highest number of UFO cases reported since the group began compiling an annual survey of UFO reports in Canada in 1989. Ufology Research has collected data in more than 15,000 Canadian UFO reports since 1989.

To read the full story, please visit: http://uforum.blogspot.ca/2015/05/2014-canadian-ufo-survey.html

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Witness In The RAF Observes Lights On A Huge UFO/Craft Over Brize Norton Oxfordshire U.K.


Date:  April 25, 2015
Time:  Approximately 9:30 p.m.

Hi, I saw something I couldn't explain on drive home around 10 miles from Brize Norton yesterday late during rain storm. Typed buzz words in to Google to see if anything came close and your article appears to be similar in description and area of sighting.

Firstly, I'm serving in RAF and work with aircraft every day, so I'm hoping this sounds slightly more credible. I noticed three bright lights at a slight angle in sky which had me thinking they could of been landing lights on an aircraft on finals, I saw what I thought was the port side light, (red) so knew it was making a left turn.

At this point it was huge, and I mean we were doing 65 and were not catching up to this thing as it was turning towards us which made me think it was massive.

When it straightened up, there was no green starboard light, but another red one, it was travelling away to our right at a steady speed, still not getting any closer to it. Then to my astonishment which I still cannot explain the outer white lights which I presumed were on the wing tips started rotating around the center light in an anti-clockwise direction, and actually turned upside down.

For an aircraft that big travelling that slow to be able to completely turn upside down and then continue to fly along at that speed is impossible and that is what made me search for anything like this.

Your story of a triangular object that is huge in size with the same light set up in the same area made me have to let you know what I witnessed. Saw it about 2130. No explanation.

Thank you to the eyewitness for their report.

If anyone has had a United States UFO sighting, please send me an email at sighting@telus.net or to William (Bill) Puckett at wpuckett@ufosnw.com

Please remember to include the date and time and location. (Town/City – State or Province) and as much detail as possible.

Vike Factor Note: I do receive sighting reports from all over the world, and I post all of the reports I receive here: http://the-v-factor-paranormal.blogspot.com/

Brian Vike.
Box 1091
Houston, British Columbia, Canada.

Email: sighting@telus.net or b_vike@telus.net

The Vike Factor -  Houston, British Columbia Centre For UFO Research. Canadian UFO Investigator Brian Vike.